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First snake of the season. Very small, maybe 15 inches…? The animal was in creosote shade, just outside a burrow, near a water pipe here in “our” yard. Very still, barely moved when I tossed a leaf near her. I … Continue reading

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Looks like the wild gopher snake really likes ‘our’ ‘yard.’ Cat seems resigned to situation. Mice worried. Lizards freaking out. #desertlife #JoshuaTree

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Under a jujube tree, at our small orchard… ID’d by Bert and Rhonda as a Glossy snake. Photo by Stephanie.

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Visit from a beautiful animal

Guests at our green cabin encountered this friendly Common Kingsnake on the porch late afternoon a couple of weeks ago, and were able to take some sweet photos. They estimated the animal’s length at 3-4 feet. First time we’ve seen … Continue reading

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Snake in the post office

Yesterday’s mid-day rainstorm caused all sorts of upset in the natural world. Photographer (and neighbor) Angela de la Agua saw the junior coachwhip pictured above roaming the halls of the Joshua Tree post office this morning. (The animal was escorted … Continue reading

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Last friday: a rare wintertime sighting of a Rosy boa snake. This guy (maybe 30 inches long?) was lazing in a road mid-morning in the Highlands area of Joshua Tree. Tonight in Yucca Mesa, at friends’ house: a pair of … Continue reading

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Bert captures a green mojave rattlesnake, washes out her mouth

Filmed by Stephanie Smith Using a golf club and pillowcase, our Joshua Tree friend Bert captures what seems to be a venomous Western Diamond-backed rattlesnake (there’s many names for this girl — Pacific rattler, etc.) turned out to be a … Continue reading

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Coachwhip in the creosote

A red racer coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum piceus), also known as a Red Racer, amongst the branches of a creosote bush between our house and cabin… If you’re having trouble spotting the animal…

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Successful green mojave rattlesnake relocation

All (very hurried) photographs by Stephanie Smith. Here on our land, Tuesday mid-afternoon: Rhonda, our friend who happens to be a friend of snakes, discovers a green mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus), one of the most venomous creatures on Earth, coiled … Continue reading

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Mojave Desert Sidewinder sighted

Photo by a friend The recent warm weather has apparently cued this Mojave Desert Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) to come up the surface ahead of schedule; usually these guys aren’t out til February or March (from what I can tell—please advise), … Continue reading

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